Film Exposes Camorra Crime Syndicate
May 20, 2009 | 1107 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
TELLURIDE – Director Matteo Garonne’s Gomorrah (2008), winner of the Grand Jury prize at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for a Golden Globe, is based on a true, yet unbelievable, story. Giving audiences an inside glimpse of Italy’s modern-day crime families, the film masterfully weaves the lives of five people who are involved in the Naples-based mob organization known as Camorra.

Telluride Film Festival presents the film tonight, Thursday, May 21, at the Nugget Theatre.

Larger than the Mafia, but less renowned, the real-life Camorra was exposed in 2006 in a top-selling book (over 1,000,000 copies sold in Italy alone) written by Italian journalist Roberto Saviano. The book caused such a sensation that Saviano has been under 24-hour a day security protection since its publication.

Children and young men have been swept up in the Camorra’s cruel battle for blood money, which has already claimed the lives of 3,600 – a casualty rate that far surpasses the murders associated with different criminal organizations in Italy and elsewhere. The stories are told documentary-style by a few professional actors as well as many who have never been in front of a camera before.

“Gomorrah is a gangster film that departs from the glamorizing norm… it is a vividly panoramic film about a pitiless world of criminality,” writes Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times. “A world where no human impulse or attempt at decency goes unpunished, a world where it's worth your life to get out alive. Gomorrah ends with type on the screen, informing us that the organization caused 4,000 deaths in the last three years while funneling money into enterprises both illegal and legal, including the rebuilding of the World Trade Center towers.”

Gomorrah screens tonight, May 21, 8:30 p.m. at the Nugget Theatre. The movie is rated R and runs 137 minutes. Tickets are $8; no Nugget Passes, please.
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